This is Positively Nowhere

Considering how close I reside to the hub of the universe, it’s pretty amazing that I live on the edge of nowhere.  Ironically, I can drive to D.C. in two hours, and yet I’m a 20-minute drive from everything. By, “everything,” I mean places like a grocery store which has more than three aisles, a dine-in restaurant, or any place that sells printer ink.

Yes, I do check my list twice.

I’m lucky that I even have a DSL internet connection. Another mile or two down the road, and I’d be out of luck.  Fios? Not in this lifetime.

In the course of a day, I’m far and away more likely to see deer than I am my (distant) neighbors. I can watch bald eagles from my yard.  I’ve seen everything from raccoons to foxes to coyotes roaming around, including what I call a foxoyote.  Not sure what that creature really was.

If I even hear a car, it means I have a visitor.  And, my mailbox is 1/3 of mile from my house.

My hometown makes Mayberry look like a bustling metropolis.  There isn’t even a single stoplight in all of what counts as downtown.  We have a post office, a fire department, a library, a garage, a pharmacy and a general store/garage.  The sidewalks are rolled up promptly at 5 pm.  The town is closed on Sunday.

And, I love it.

While this might sound like a bucolic gulag to someone accustomed to having Thai food delivered, I can’t imagine living shoulder-to-shoulder in a suburban sprawl. Life in a city would be far more activity than I could stand for very long.

Sure, there are trade-offs.  We don’t have any museums. But, we do have a river nearby and I love to go fishing. I also enjoy geocaching, and that’s practically everywhere.

Entertainment is what you make of it.  I don’t even have cable, but then again, I don’t want it. And I sure don’t want the monthly bill, either.

But, don’t take away my internet.

After all, I’m not Amish.

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About Linda Childers

There's so much interesting stuff out there that just flies under the radar. Until I read about it, that is, and then I just have to share the wackiness.
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